7. Stay Hydrated
Plastic water bottles are just a big no-no. One of the easiest changes you can make is to use a reusable water bottle instead.
There are so many companies that offer cute and functional reusable water bottles. I personally bring a glass water bottle to work that I purchased from a local natural foods store, and I love that thing. I don’t think I’ve gone a day without it in over a year!
Mason jars are also super popular to use at work or around the house for both water or food. You can also bring mason jars with you to a restaurant and put your leftovers in there instead of using the plastic or styrofoam containers most restaurants use.
8. Embrace the Vintage Side
There’s something magical about shopping for vintage items. I own all sorts of vintage goodies: a white blouse from the 60’s, a still life painting from the 50’s, a delicate nightgown from the 40’s, and the list goes on.
Vintage items tell a story about their time period. They’re a physical representation of what life was like thirty, forty, fifty years. These items were someone’s possession. They were used and loved for years, but now are looking for a new home so their story can continue.
Looking at it from a green perspective, purchasing secondhand is a great way to avoid fast fashion. These items already exist, so why shouldn’t we continue to enjoy them if they’re in good condition? The alternative is having these items end up in a landfill and purchasing from a fast fashion brand that wastes water and materials, not to mention has questionable ethical practices.
If you’re going to buy new clothes, try to buy clothing made with organic cotton, or at least research the brand and see what their manufacturing process is like.
Want to see what’s out there? Here are some shops I recommend…
For the vintage vixen: 1919vintage
For the green gal: Reformation
For the cozy chick: Solosix
9. Lounge on Eco-Friendly Furniture
Yes, organic furniture exists, and it can be really comfy too! We offer organic sofas, loveseats, and armchairs made with certified organic fabrics, natural Talalay latex, and beautiful hardwood.
We also make natural platform beds with maple and poplar wood. We offer several zero-VOC stain options, and no tools are required for assembly.
But why should you make a point to opt for healthy home furniture? When you purchase synthetic furniture that off-gasses chemicals, these toxins latch onto dust in your home. Breathing in these harmful chemicals is dangerous, and children ingest even more dust than adults.